Maternity Leave Plans

Dear past, present, and on-the-way clients of Eastside Natural Medicine, 

            As many of you have heard (or seen), I am expecting a little one in January 2011.  My other half, Jean-Paul, and I are getting pretty excited for the new arrival and thinking a great deal about how our life will shift.  As part of that preparation, I want to make sure that you are all aware of the change, my plans to return to work, and how I am putting things in place to ensure that you are very well taken care of in my absence.  I have already felt so incredibly well supported by many of you, and truly appreciate being able to have time to care for my family and myself. 

 My plan is to begin maternity leave as of January 1, 2011 and to return to my ND practice by March 21, 2011.  I will be having Dr. Elias Kass ND, LM cover my practice during the 8-10 weeks that I am home with my family, and will include his bio with this letter.  I am excited to have someone covering my practice that is dedicated to family practice, pediatrics, and is also incredibly experienced in the world of pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding.  He is passionate about natural family care and very resourceful, and just an incredibly likeable person. 

 Dr. Elias will be covering office visits during my usual days and hours at the birth center, utilizing my online schedule, maintain the pager and on-call coverage, and will be available to you and your family by phone for questions and concerns.  The one change will be email availability during this short time period.  Even for brief questions, please do call Dr. Elias.  I will be back ‘online’ when I return in March. 

 To contact Dr. Elias in my absence:

  • Phone (206) 801-6316
  • Pager (206) 469-1482

 A few words from Dr. Elias…

Dr. Elias Kass, ND, LM, is excited to join the Eastside Natural Medicine community while Dr. Sunita is on maternity leave. Dr. Kass graduated from Bastyr University as a naturopathic doctor and midwife, and trained with a variety of naturopathic family and pediatric practices in Seattle, as well as with nurse midwives and pediatricians. While working in Vanuatu, he caught lots of babies, provided nursery care for sick and premature babies, and traveled to a remote volcanic island with a visiting Canadian physician to help out in the island’s hospital and treat patients in tiny jungle clinics. Here in Seattle, Dr. Kass owns his own naturopathic family practice, specializing in house calls. His volunteer work includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Midwives Association of Washington State, and running a summer camp clinic, where campers learn the joy of the neti pot and how to gargle salt water.  He enjoys working with babies, big kids, teens, and moms and dads, on all kinds of health issues and prevention goals. He specializes in breastfeeding and solid food transitions, and sleep strategies to fit the whole family. 

For more information about me and my practice, please visit:

For more information on Dr. Kass:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s